Human survival

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    ‘The most vulnerable to the deadly virus, children and senior citizens, should be the primary targets of the much-awaited vaccine, instead of workers of businesses.’

    VACCINATION against COVID-19 should be carried out without striving to balance human survival and the economy. The right to life is paramount, above all, dictated by conscience and morality as enshrined in the Constitution and in our Christian beliefs. The most vulnerable to the deadly virus, children and senior citizens, should be the primary targets of the much-awaited vaccine, instead of workers of businesses.

    Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion recommends that the middle class, being the driver of the economy, be prioritized and probably he thinks this revolting indulgence similarly reflects the mind of most employers and corporations. He forgets the basic guiding principle in management that the human resource is truly the essential asset in any workplace. The national population is no different and the health, safety and protection of the weak, the sick and the oppressed should not take the backseat, particularly in times of an emergency or crisis.

    The government should mobilize funding and substantial subsidy to the coming massive vaccination, especially for the families of 45% of the population who lost their jobs due to the strict quarantines. Companies are also bound by the Collective Bargaining Agreement with their unions to provide financial medical assistance.

    President Duterte should cut the crap of offering himself to be first injected with the vaccine since his age will not permit it. It was a bare-faced attempt at a heroic act, apparently trying to defuse the widespread public disdain and anxiety over the gross mishandling of the huge health crisis.

    The President’s grasp of national politics moderated by governance has woefully escaped him, allowing his pride and brutishness to close down ABS-CBN and push the anti-terror law. Indeed, the current situation could have been less unwieldy for him if he had enjoyed a good press like former Presidents Cory Aquino and Fidel Ramos. It would have been politically advantageous to him and his allies and beneficial to the government if the leading broadcast network had been a tireless nationwide partner in containing the virus spread.

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    The hardest lockdown in Asia has failed to raise the critically-dismaying level of discipline in our country, especially in Metro Manila. More people still ignore wearing masks or left them hanging on one ear.

    On the few days when I drive to buy some basic necessities in Marikina I would easily spot three out of 10 walking around without any mask at each of three barangays. In front of a popular mall at Barangay Marikina Heights, tricycles are almost hunched together at a makeshift terminal with wary passengers nearly squeezing through. It has to take an armed security guard to angrily enforce restrictions.

    The established culture of defiance of authority and the unbroken habit of cutting corners may be traced to the extremely-flawed national leadership. At countless squatter communities, the strong and healthy hardly care for others. When the police are gone they go about their merry ways, smoking and drinking huddled in groups minus the face masks.

    They expect barangay tanods to look the other way.

    Two presidents of this nation had eluded imprisonment for high crimes; one was given a presidential pardon and the other had so skillfully gone free. People are more perceptive in their social and moral squalor than our leaders think, imbibing and embracing leadership examples, mostly for worse.